Death of Paulo Pinheiro, founder of the Portimão circuit

Paulo Pinheiro, who was the founder and CEO of the Portimão circuit in Portugal, died this Wednesday at the age of 52 in Toulon, where he was hospitalized.

Published on 11/07/2024 à 10:06

Michael Duforest

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Death of Paulo Pinheiro, founder of the Portimão circuit

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A former professional pilot, Pinheiro was also a mechanical engineer by training. Originally from Portimão, he wanted to highlight his city and the Algarve region through motor sports. This is how he founded Algarve Motor Park in 2001, which was dedicated to hosting a world-class circuit. It was in 2008 that this project saw the light of day, with the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão. Intended to accommodate the Formula 1 or MotoGP, it first hosted championship races such as GP2, World Superbike and even the Le Mans Series.

Paulo Pinheiro's ultimate goal, which was to bring back the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix, last organized in 1996, became a reality in 2020. Thanks to a season greatly disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic , Portimão joined the F1 calendar, before hosting the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix a few months later, which closed the season. The motorcycle world championship continues to travel to the Algarve, where Formula 1 has only organized two Grands Prix, in 2020 and 2021.

Paulo Pinheiro's son, Bernardo, is a pilot in ELMS. To the family and loved ones of Paulo Pinheiro, AUTOhebdo sends its condolences.

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